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Q: Friends and I are curious about a song in the current Allstate commercial. It was the same song recently used in a chocolate commercial. It sounds like French. It would be great to know in English what the singer is saying since it seems to be very popular and a great voice.
Answer: That is "Non, je ne regrette rien," by Edith Piaf. Also known as the "little sparrow," Piaf (1915-63) became legendary for her passionate performances of songs such as "La Vie En Rose" and the song you asked about, whose title can be translated as "No, I regret nothing." In addition to commercials, her songs have been used in hundreds of movies and TV shows. In "A Star Is Born," Lady Gaga pays tribute to Piaf by singing "La Vie en Rose." Marion Cotillard won the best-actress Oscar for playing Piaf in the 2007 movie "La Vie en Rose."
Q: Why was the show "Star" canceled? I really enjoyed the show. How did it end?
Answer: Deadline.com reported one Fox executive calling it a "tough choice" to cancel the musical drama in 2019 after three seasons. Still, ratings had declined. Deadline.com also noted that it was an expensive show, and that it was lagging in overseas sales, a key revenue generator for studios. Fox also said it wanted to give "Empire" a big sendoff for its final season, which included putting it in the 9 p.m. hour. "Star" had led out of "Empire," but Fox did not program the 10 p.m. hour, eliminating a home for "Star." As for how the show ended, because of the timing of the cancellation, it did so with a huge cliffhanger: At Derek and Alex's wedding, says TVGuide.com, "Bankhead gang members infiltrated the intimate event and opened fired on the unsuspecting guests, leaving a sea of bodies in their wake." Questions about who survived would have been answered in the fourth season — only there wasn't one.
Q: I love the old Victorian homes Ashley and Michael restore on "Restoring Galveston." Ashley recently had a baby girl whom they called "L" during her pregnancy. I would love to know her Christian name.
Answer: Ashley and Michael Cordray welcomed Elle Lane Cordray in November 2019. An Instagram post said she was 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and 21 inches. "We have never been more thankful," the Cordrays said.
Q: Has the gentleman who played Lamont on "Sanford and Son" ever been on anything else?
Answer: Demond Wilson, in recent years a minister, did have other projects after the end of "Sanford and Son" in 1977. On television, he starred in the sitcom "Baby I'm Back," which aired on CBS in 1978. He was Oscar Madison opposite Ron Glass's Felix Unger in "The New Odd Couple" (1982-83, ABC). And he appeared in four episodes of "Girlfriends" in 2004-05. (That series originally aired from 2000 to 2008 on UPN and then The CW.)
Q: I have enjoyed watching actor Mike Vogel in a number of TV shows, namely "The Brave," "Pan Am" and "Under the Dome." Any details about what's next for him?
Answer: Since "The Brave" ended in 2018, he has been in several movies, including "The Amendment," "Secret Obsession" and the big-screen rebooting of "Fantasy Island." He is costarring in the Netflix series "Sex/Life," which after a pandemic delay is in production for later telecast.
Q: Would you be able to find out if the "9-1-1" TV show will have a new season? If so, do you know when? I don't like the "9-1-1" TV show in Texas and hope it hasn't replaced the California one.
Answer: Both "9-1-1" and "9-1-1: Lone Star" will be back in the Fox lineup. But, as with many shows, production has been delayed by the COVID-19 crisis, so these two dramas are now scheduled to return early in 2021.
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